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ByTom Bailey

Annual Exhibition 2019

Arts & Minds’ annual art show is now up at the St John’s Centre!

Our amazing team has work incredibly hard to get this – our best show ever – up and running. Thanks all. Get down to the St John’s Centre form 10th – 23rd June to check out the brilliant artwork. The unit is on the lower shopping mall in the main concourse, by the escalators. You can’t miss it!

St Johns Centre, Merrion St, Leeds, LS2 8LQ 

10th – 23rd June, open every day,  11am – 5pm

The Arts and Minds annual open exhibition is a showcase of the artwork produced by its members over the year. These members include artists who have different experiences of living with mental health conditions, as well as people who use art as a way of managing their wellbeing, and those exploring the topic of mental health.Some members work or volunteer in mental health services or are carers. The exhibition aims to explore our relationship with art and to celebrate how vital it is to our well-being. It is an opportunity to expose what may not otherwise be seen.

The party to celebrate the show is Friday 14th June, 5pm – 6.30pm at the St John’s Centre. All welcome!

If you would like to visit the exhibition but find public spaces a challenge you could arrange to have a Private View before we open to the public ( ie before 11am). Please email us at [email protected] to arrange this.

 

 

ByTom Bailey

Art Workshops – take part!

As part of this year’s Annual Exhibition, we’re offering a series of creative art workshops in our Workshop Space. They are all FREE and WELCOME TO ALL. Please drop in. If you’re part of a group it would be useful to let us know you’re coming. Email us at [email protected]uk

All workshops take place at St Johns Centre, Merrion St, Leeds, LS2.

 

Wednesday 12th June 1-3pm
Weaving with Sandy

Traditionally made by South American Indians, God’s Eyes are made using a simple weaving method in a cross formation. They are traditionally used as decoration for festivals including the birth of a child or the Summer Solstice. Come along to the workshop and make your own God’s Eye using different yarns.

 

Thursday 13th June, 11am – 2pm
Book Binding with Emma 

Learn how to make your very own hand stitched book in less than 30 minutes!
Emma Christie, an illustrator and Arts & Minds member, will guide you through creating your very own book from scratch to take away with you.
Inspiration and opportunities for filling up the pages will also available at the workshop.
More info on Emma’s art can be found at  https://emmachristieart.wordpress.com/

 

Saturday 15th June, 1 – 3pm
Weaving with Sandy

Traditionally made by South American Indians, God’s Eyes are made using a simple weaving method in a cross formation. They are traditionally used as decoration for festivals including the birth of a child or the Summer Solstice. Come along to the workshop and make your own God’s Eye using different yarns.

 

Sunday 16th June, 12 – 3pm
Craft with Naheed

Come along to take part in some Sunday mindful crafting! There will be a choice of learning origami techniques and making flowers or why not get involved in making a colourful, rainbow themed postcard for those rainy days to cheer you up. Doodle, draw and colour away! Lovely pieces of craft work that are suitable for all abilities, children and adults. All materials provided

 

Wednesday 19th June, 1 – 3pm
Printing, basic techniques with Sandy

Make a small printing block using basic materials you might have a round the home. The printing block (or stamp) can then be used to decorate a piece of fabric or paper with repeat patterns.

 

Thursday 20th June, 11am – 2pm
Book Binding with Emma 

Learn how to make your very own hand stitched book in less than 30 minutes!
Emma Christie, an illustrator and Arts & Minds member, will guide you through creating your very own book from scratch to take away with you.
Inspiration and opportunities for filling up the pages will also available at the workshop.
More info on Emma’s art can be found at  https://emmachristieart.wordpress.com/

 

Friday 21st June, 12 – 4pm
Journeys with Mussarat

Playing with materials such as papers, cards, glue, sellotape, sticky stickers, embellishments, and generic materials for making hand patterns, cutting out leaves, and making multicultural faces. An open workshop, for all ages and it’s a mixed media workshop working across multiple materials. Part of Leeds Refugee Week.

Saturday 22nd June, 12 – 4pm
Make a Bird with Culture Club

Your chance to make your very own bird out of a plastic bottle! Join the Culture Club team, who created the wonderful bird installation.

ByTom Bailey

Love Arts: The Future

You might be aware that we’re not running a Love Arts Festival in 2019. We’re taking a year off to reflect and work out what next for Love Arts.

Some of you came to the excellent Think-In in January. For those of you who didn’t, we want to make sure we listen to your ideas. So we are inviting everyone to tell us their thoughts via a Survey Monkey:

CLICK HERE TO TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!

You can keep updated on what’s going on by checking out the Love Arts blog, where you’ll see a selection of images that sum up some of the things that were said at the Think In.

LOOK AT THE BLOG

We’re having another Think In in March – we’ll let you know all about it soon.

Thanks!

ByTom Bailey

Spring Newletter

Spring is here!

The sun’s out, finally. So we think it’s time to think about showing a light on your artwork. There are two exhibitions happening over the next couple of months, the details of which you can find in the current newsletter. Check it out here:

SPRING 19

There’s also information about all the latest things going on in Leeds around creativity and mental well-being.

We hope you find something of interest!

Cheers,

 

Linda, Tom & Jane.

 

ByTom Bailey

Connect & Create

We’ve started a new monthly meet up!

Connect & Create meets on the first Monday afternoon of every month at the Tetley. The aim is to get together with other like-minded, creative people. We want you to share ideas, be artistic, and find out about all the great things going on in Leeds.

Every month we’ll have:

Sharing – a chance for you to bring along a piece of artwork or some writing – or a song or a dance and share it with an enthusiastic group of Arts & Minds members

Discussion – we’ll choose an important topic and gather a group to talk about it. It could be a new idea, or an event that’s coming up we need help with – or something completely different.

Creative Space – every month a new volunteer will try out a different creative workshop. No skills necessary, just have a go.

We’ll also have the Arts & Minds team on hand to answer your questions, and plenty of leaflets and brochures with information on lots of different things going on. It’s ideal for people who’ve never been to an Arts & Minds event before – you can find out all about what we do. And we particularly welcome people who’ve had experience of mental health issues.

Join us on

Monday August 6th / September 3rd/ October 1st / November 5th/ December 3rd

Connect & Create

Monday Afternoons, 2 – 4pm

The Learning Studio on Floor 2

The Tetley

Hunslet Road

Leeds

LS10 1JQ

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Culture Club

The Culture Club is for people who want to see shows, plays, exhibitions, art events and more – with a friendly group. The group meets every month to decide what to see and book tickets. And there are lots of things to see and do. We get cheap Opera tickets, reduced price theatre tickets and lots more special offers.

When:

Meeting 2nd Monday of every month, 5pm – 7pm

Where:

West Yorkshire Playhouse cafe bar,
Playhouse Square,
Quarry Hill,
Leeds
LS2 7UP

Cost: Free for meetings, plays, shows cost as necessary.

Telephone: 0113 2623128
Email: [email protected]

 

ByTom Bailey

Instrumental

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Instrumental is a monthly gig night at Inkwell Arts, run by Cloth Cat, Dave Lynch (an Arts & Minds member) and Inkwell.

Every month the team select the best local music acts to perform in the beautiful space. All the proceeds from the door go to paying for music projects in mental health services in Leeds.

For all the latest information on which acts are playing, please check out the Cloth Cat Facebook Page.

The Venue

Inkwell is a beautiful arts centre converted from the Old Shoulder of Mutton Pub in LS7. The main gallery space is converted into an evening venue with fairy lights, fully functioning bar and ample seating. Audiences can enjoy music close up or from the comfort of the lovely large patio. The bar is stocked with local real ale and other tasty treats and bar snacks.

Where the money goes

All the money from the door goes to paying for art workshops at in-patient mental health hospitals in Leeds, reaching people in serious need of a dose of creativity. A series of music workshops recently occurred at the Newsam Centre in Seacroft. Money made on the bar helps Inkwell keep going as an arts venue, providing art classes and other creative activities and a safe welcoming space for people experiencing mental health difficulties to flourish.

Brief History

Instrumental is a collaboration between Arts & Minds and Cloth Cat. It started in 2011 when Dave Lynch had an idea for ‘one big gig’. Since then, Instrumental have put on gigs at the Swarthmore Centre, at Leeds University and at Oxjam, busked in Trinity Shopping Centre, run song writing workshops and hosted a mini music festival! The partnership with Inkwell has run for 2 years.

The Acts

A huge range of Leeds-based acts play at Instrumental: from singer songwriters to well established bands. Some recent highlights include The Roman Empire, Steph Stephenson, Miranda Arieh, Dylan Brierley, Georgette Hilton and Eclectic Sparks. At every gig we try to feature performers who have had personal experience of mental health issues. We are always looking for acts! If you want to perform please email [email protected]